Aspiring Women Leaders Workshop

Tuesday 3 December 2019, University of Liverpool in London

This workshop will help inspire women by giving them the confidence and useful practical techniques to progress their career ambitions in business schools.

In addition to case studies from successful women role models in business schools talking about the hurdles they have faced and how they have overcome them, the programme will feature sessions providing guidance on developing networks, information from leading head-hunters and advice on career planning. Participants will also work together to develop strategies for tackling some of the challenges they might encounter in more senior business school roles.

Delegates at this event will:

  • Examine the stories of women in leadership positions on the challenges they have encountered and continue to face in progressing their careers;
  • Explore with other aspiring women colleagues how they would deal with some of the problems they could face as leaders in business schools;
  • Learn about the benefits of career planning, balanced with taking a flexible approach as opportunities arise;
  • Discuss how to develop valuable and supportive professional networks, including with fellow workshop participants.

10:00     Registration and coffee

10:30     Welcome and introduction

Professor Julia Clarke, (Chair and Facilitator), Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Manchester Metropolitan University and Chair, Chartered Association of Business Schools

10:45     A personal and professional account of being a woman dean - my story

“Perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who ... have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well."

- J. K. ROWLING, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

A very intimate account of the interplay between personal and professional timelines in a reflection on six happy years as a woman dean and the lessons learnt.

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Vice-President (Strategic External Engagement), University of Bath

11:15     Advice and some insights from recruitment specialists

How leaders in higher education, particularly in business schools, can engage with an executive search firm to have a positive candidate experience at every stage of the process including initial exploratory conversations with the firm, CVs and cover letters, interviews and final negotiations

Dr Amy-Jo Lynch, Senior Consultant, Perrett Laver

Daniel Mullen, Consultant in Business School Sector, Perrett Laver

11:40     Coffee

12:10     Never give up! The importance of resilience, picking oneself up and using rejection as a learning tool to strengthen resilience  - my story

Professor Gloria Agyemang, Head of School (Management), Royal Holloway, University of London

12:40     Discussion work groups

Participants will work in groups to discuss some of the challenges women might face in getting to more senior positions.

13:15     Lunch

14:00     Building a Network

Playing to strengths; creating networks; and making the most out of feedback

Professor Donna Whitehead, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, London Metropolitan University

14.30     Overcoming self-doubt, making the most of opportunities, managing a work-life balance and other challenges - my story

Sarah Moore-Williams, Dean, School of Business, London South Bank University

15:00     Discussion work groups

Participants will work in groups to discuss some of the challenges women might face in getting to more senior positions

15:40     Feedback from work groups and discussion

16:05     Closing remarks

16:15     Close

This workshop is designed for women aspiring to dean and other leadership roles in business schools. It will be most suitable for:

  • Women in post of business school deputy dean, associate dean, department head or similar
  • Women in senior lecturer roles
  • New women deans may also be interested

This event will take place at:

University of Liverpool in London
33 Finsbury Square

This event is £185 per person.

Book in a group and take advantage of our 25% group booking discount.

Paying by invoice? Make sure you provide a valid Purchase Order Number when you make your booking.

If you have any questions please email Gail Norcliffe at